Description During the Assyrian period (900-609 BC), royal artists frequently depicted major military conquests. This bronze fragment, along with Walters 54.2335A, originally belonged to a 21 foot high wooden gate of a temple at Balawat, just northeast of the capital, Nimrud. Together with nearly 265 feet of narrative strips from the same gate now in the British Museum, they illustrate in intricate detail the numerous military campaigns of King Shalmaneser III. In this fragment, Assyrian soldiers carry logs as they march through a hilly, forested landscape. A separate scene to the right depicts three Assyrian officials, clasping their hands in respect.
- In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Hormuzd Rassam, by 1902, [mode of acquisition unknown] [54.2335B=Rassam Nb]. Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, by 1925, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. P822; transfered to New York from Paris stock 1931]; Sale, Brummer Auction, New York, 1949, Part II, p. 19, no. 85; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949
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